Business managers are generally happy with the work of their CIOs, according to a survey carried out by analyst IDC.
IDC questioned 413 firms with more than 20 employees across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK to gauge business managers' views on IT strategies and the role of IT in their organisation.
"While business managers are quite satisfied with their IT managers, they have clear priorities in mind on how IT could better support their business and strategic objectives," said IDC analyst Angela Vacca.
Vacca said, "These priorities are extremely different from vertical to vertical and seldom include cost-cutting among the top issues."
The survey found that IT managers have helped almost 70% of business managers in the innovation of the company.
In addition, about 20% of companies consider IT managers to be initiators of new business strategies.
Business managers are much more interested in IT helping to satisfy business requirements, rather than increasing worker productivity, the survey found.
Almost 60% of business managers interviewed would like to see their companies investing more in in-house IT.
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